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​Kenneth Goodson receives the inaugural Richard Chu ITherm Award

​The mechanical engineer was recognized for his significant contributions to thermal management in electronic systems.

​Kenneth Goodson receives the inaugural Richard Chu ITherm Award

April 26, 2018

Goodson’s research focuses on electronics cooling and energy harvesting. | Photo by John Todd

Kenneth Goodson, the Davies Family Provostial Professor and the Robert Bosch Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, received the inaugural Richard Chu ITherm Award for his contributions to thermal management of semiconductor circuits, systems and devices. The award, formerly known as the ITherm Achievement Award, recognizes significant achievements in the science and art of thermal and thermo-mechanical areas of electronic devices and systems.

Goodson’s research focuses on electronics cooling and energy harvesting. He and others at the NanoHeat Lab study heat transfer in electronic nanostructures and packaging, microfluidic heat sinks, as well as thermoelectric and photonic energy conversion devices. Goodson and the NanoHeat Lab are responsible for exploring basic science and developing new thermal management for hybrid vehicles, smartphones and thermally powered wireless sensors.

Initially established in 1996, the Richard Chu ITherm Award for Excellence in Thermal and Thermo-Mechanical Management of Electronics was renamed to honor its first recipient, Richard Chu. Goodson will receive the award at the 2018 ITherm Conference Banquet this June in San Diego.